Last Night’s TV – Starsuckers

This True Stories film by Chris Atkins was a real eye-opener in many ways, and a pointed finger at what we already know about out celebrity governed society…

For instance, at one point, we were asked, “Do you know you can’t believe everything you read in the Daily Sport?”

Well, duh!

However, there were many more facts about how we, the viewing and reading public, are unwittingly – or often, wittingly – complicit in chasing celebrity lifestyles, celebrities themselves and are frequently duped into believing an untruth.

But, one major question remained at the end of this rather overly long film – it was one hour and forty minutes long – and it was this; based on what Atkins had told us about how we really can’t believe anything we’re told, can we believe Atkins that we can’t believe anything we’re told?

It’s something of a vicious circle isn’t it? We heard for example how Atkins had fed fake celebrity news to various tabloids, and how those newspapers were so keen for exclusive and/or juicy celeb gossip, they didn’t bother to check if any of it was true…

One such fib that was printed without verification of any kind recently was that Amy Winehouse’s hair set on fire. That was one of Atkins’ stories and was entirely fiction.

But aside from setting up various media outlets to look like complete wallys, there was a serious side to his investigation of how society at large turn into brainless gorms the second we see anything that resembles shiney celebrity status and money.

For instance, he set up a fake recruitment agency that specifically wanted to take on very young kids. And, worryingly easily, he got parents of cute kids to sign consent forms allowing their children to be used by this ‘agency’ with nary a glance at what they were actually agreeing to…

The ‘show’ being recruited for was called ‘Baby Boozer’ yet that didn’t seem to set off any alarms bells to the parents who signed up, so eager were they for vicarious fame and fortune.

“It’s every parents dream innit? Havin’ their child on telly”

Erm no actually, it’s not. And if it was, I’d make sure I knew what I was getting them into first.

But, as this film showed, mention the word celebrity in conjunction with an offer of possible money and any preexisting IQ swiftly goes AWOL it would seem.

And there were yet more dark revelations too, from showbiz agents such as Max Clifford declaring that he’d pretty much sell his soul – but preferably, someone else’s – to get his clients onto an A list to how Live 8 caused deaths and issued a body blow to serious politics.

Due to the show’s length, it would be impossible to cover everything that was highlighted, but if you missed it, you can catch it here on 4oD.

Watch out for the monkeys who prefer watching monkey porn and alpha males over a drink of juice… it’s a great segment, assuming we can believe it’s real that is. Yikes.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.